Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember not being a fan of reading at all when I was growing up. I mean, who had time for books when there were so many great shows on TV? Then my mother got roped into one of those book of the month club deals, and promptly forgot about it, so when she didn't make a selection one month, they sent her Stephen King's The Eyes of the Dragon. I thought the cover looked pretty cool, so I decided to give it a whirl. I absolutely loved it, but was crushed when I came to find out that not all of Mr. King's books were about dragons. I stuck with him anyway, and have been an avid reader ever since.
What do you read for pleasure?
I really like biographies, for some reason. They tend to be hit or miss; not every famous person is an effective storyteller. But I guess I just enjoy peeking behind the curtain.
Describe your desk
My desk is sickeningly tidy and everything in on a grid. I have to have everything at right angles to everything else. If my desk was a mess, I'd lose my mind and spend valuable writing time cleaning it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Salem, Massachusetts, which some say explains a lot about me. I suppose Salem does have a lot of mystical qualities about it, and tends to ignite the imagination. Plus Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote there, so how bad could it be?
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing on and off most of my adult life, but a good 95% of the stuff I wrote early on is absolute garbage. To call it writing would be an insult to writing. Thankfully, I never published any of that bilge, so no one ever needs to see it but me.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've met and gotten to know a good number of indie authors over the years, and I suppose their passion is infectious.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love creating entire worlds and realities that never existed before I decided to put pen to paper. (Or more accurately, fingers to keys.) And once those worlds exist, I love to run around in them and play.
What are you working on next?
The last short story in my collection serves as a prequel to my first novel, titled Typo Squad, which will be released sometime in 2017.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a big movie buff, and love checking out the super hero, sci-fi, and fantasy blockbusters that the studios are big on right now. I also enjoy playing chess, and as terrible as I am, I do enjoy a good game of golf.
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Stargazer Lilies or Nothing at All is a collection of short stories that has a little something for everyone. Features "Royally Screwed," the story that serves as a prequel to the upcoming novel Typo Squad.